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Worker suspended for rolling up trousers

26 June 2017

Following the suspension of a Watford hospital worker, the GMB union has claimed the employee has been treated unfairly.

It was reported that workers in Watford General hospital had asked permission to wear three quarter length trousers due to the recent high temperatures.

The GMB reported that the workers were told they should continue to wear their usual black combat trousers.

Private contractor Medirest suspended the GMB union safety representative, Michael Wood, following a "disagreement about the wearing of polyester combat style black trousers".

Mr Wood had refused to roll his trouser legs down during the hot weather.

The union said there was "inadequate provisions for workers during the intense heat wave".

It stated that a number of other hospital porters had rolled their trousers up during the hot weather.

A spokesperson for Medirest said: "The health and safety of our colleagues is always our number one priority.

"It would be inappropriate for us to comment on an individual case where an investigation is ongoing.

"We maintain an open dialogue with our people on such issues, however, due to the nature of their job and health and safety requirements, it is important that porters wear appropriate uniform at all times.

The GMB union said that although Medirest had distributed instructions on where workers could get a drink of water in the hospital, there is no legislation for working in hot temperatures and guidelines state that an employer should act reasonably.

According to the GMB, two more workers were recently suspended for five weeks for refushing "to work in a dangerous way with unsafe equipment" at Watford General.

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